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  1. Re: English Championship 3951 - Transfer/Gossip thread Thanks again mate I'd quite like to do a match report on us winning a game though I can do a preview report for tomorrow's fixtures (probably only the SM Forums managed teams ) later if everyone would like that.
  2. Re: English Championship 3951 - Transfer/Gossip thread Zola Blasts Misfiring Strikers as 10 Man Blades Knock Out Watford English Cup Round 1 Sheffield United vs Watford Sheffield United 3-1 Watford Watford manager Eidur-Zola is said to of been livid with his misfiring Watford team after a 2nd consecutive defeat, this time to fellow Division 2 outfit Sheffield United. The Hornets were knocked out of the English Cup and in similiar fashion to the game against Swansea, had far more chances on goal but failed to make the majority of them pay. Just under 25,000 fans filled Bramall Lane to see Luke Treanor's Sheffield United face off against Eidur Zola's Watford side. One change had been made to the side that played on Saturday, in which saw right midfielder Don Cowie replace Jobi McAnuff in Watford's midfield. The first half began sourly, when Watford's John O'Shea picked up a yellow card within the first minute of play after a high challenge. This set the tone for the game, as both sides tried to get the initiative, with Tommy Smith for Watford and Stephen Quinn for Sheffield United both missing early chances. As on Saturday both goalkeepers made some good saves, with both Ben Foster and Steve Harper making saves early on. 24 minutes in and it was the home side who took the lead, through Lee Hendrie, who's acute shot managed to get a deflection and somehow find the back of the net. 10 minutes after Hendrie's goal, saw the Blades go down to 10 men, when Chinese full back Sun Jihai brought down the last man and was giving an early bath by Icelandic referee Johannes Valgeirsson. With the Blades down to 10 men, Watford looked to be using the extra man well, but it was Sheffield United's Darius Henderson who hit the cross bar, which brought the first half to a close. The second half started frantically, and within the first minute of the half, Aleksandrs Cauna's shot was cleared off the line, almost bringing an equaliser for Watford. However midway through the second half, Sheffield United made it 2-0 when Henderson scored an absolute screamer, leaving Foster with no chance. Watford continued to produce chances, with Eidur Gudjohnsen and Mateja Kezman producing the better of the chances. However the 10 men of Sheffield United struck again, when a clearance from a corner kick was half volleyed into the back of the net by Hendrie, his second of the day, his second of the cup and sealing the result for Sheffield United. There was one consolation for Watford fans, as Mateja Kezman made use of a poor clearance to score a consolation goal for Zola's Hornets. The Serbian striker nicknamed Batman after his previous "Batman and Robin" partnership with Arjen Robben was clearly delighted to have scored late on, but it was to little to late for Watford, who were out of the English Cup. Batman's heroics were too late to save the match for Watford. After the match, Zola at his usual post match press conference stated... When asked about his team's poor shots to goals ratio, Zola responded... Watford travel to Glanford Park tomorrow to face managerless Shorpe, who although in the relegation zone possess the likes of Ross Turnbull, Wes Brown and Fillipo Inzaghi. Tommy Smith is expected to face a late fitness test tomorrow. MOM: Mateja Kezman As you guys can see, I'm probably going to have a look at my tactics again, to try and find ways of countering these issues.
  3. Re: English Championship 3951 - Transfer/Gossip thread Cheers Torres Your Spurs team looks formidable. Ronaldinho seems to be tearing Division 1 up.
  4. Re: English Championship 3951 - Transfer/Gossip thread Managerial Debut ends in defeat for Zola's Hornets Match Report Match 5-Watford vs Swansea Watford 1-2 Swansea Watford were unlucky to have been defeated at Vicarage Road last night, after 2 late Swansea goals stole the points away from the high flying hornets. Just over 15,000 fans packed into Vicarage Road to see Eidur Zola take charge in his first game with the club and although it was not the start that the fans wouls have wanted, Zola was still happy with his team's performance on the night. Whilst Romano's Swans dominated possession, it was Zola's Hornets who had the majority of goal scoring opportunities, with 16 shots made, and 8 being on target. The first half saw both teams come close with various chances, with both Adrian Martinez and Ben Foster making good saves at both ends of the pitch. The best chance of the half fell to Swansea, as Kerlon hit the outside of the post in the 30th minute. Whilst Watford's best chances included a shot that was saved brilliantly by Martinez in the 20th minute, as well as the imposing Aleksandrs Cauna heading inches over 10 minutes before half time. The second half was a more lively affair, with both teams trying to break the deadlock. It was Watford however who eventually made their chances pay, when Tommy Smith found the net from 15 yards in the 56th minute for his 2nd goal of the campaign. Smith celebrates with his teammates after the opener. It looked like Watford were going to take all 3 points, however with 10 minutes remaining on the clock, Swansea's Joe Allen make a spectacular chip that Watford keeper Foster fumbled and to his manager's dismay rolled into the back of the net for the equaliser. And then with 6 minutes remaining of normal time remaining, a long ball down the field manged to find Kerlon in space who slotted the ball home for his 2nd goal in 3 games and snatched the points for the Swans. The final score ended 2-1 to the away side and sees Zola's Watford drop down to 8th in the league table. Tommy Smith picked up the Man of the Match award for his exceptional performance. After the game, Zola praised his team for what he thought was a winning performance. Zola quoted this at a press conference after the match. Up next for Watford is Luke Treanor's Sheffield United on Wednesday in the 1st round of the English Cup, who find themselves just above the relegation zone in Division 2. In other news, Zola has this morning completed the loan signing of young Norwegian full back/left midfielder Joachim Thomassen. Thomassen who is currently in the U21 setup for his country, has joined Watford on a season long loan from fellow forum manager Marius Masan's Newcastle United, with the option for Masan to recall Thomassen when needed. Zola has said to be delighted with the deal and will present Thomassen to the fans in a press conference this week. Thomassen may make his debut in the fixture on Wednesday. Thomassen seen on the left playing for his first club Fredrikstad FK.
  5. Re: English Championship 3951 - Transfer/Gossip thread Buzz from the Hornets Nest Eidur-Zola signs on at Vicarage Road In a decision that has stunned Hornet fans, sees rookie manager Eidur-Zola announced as the new manager of Watford FC. Zola who was unveiled at a press conference earlier today was quoted to be "delighted to be in charge of an established and great club". Watford have been managerless for the last few games, however have still managed to reach 6th place in Division 2. Zola has stated that he aims to try and continue the good start that the team have produced without a manager and try to finish as high in the table at possible. It is believed that Zola will not be signing any new faces for the time being due to a shortage of funds, but is on the look out for any potential loan deals. With the lack of transfer funds available, Zola's first decision as manager has been to place two players on the transfer list to attempt at raising funds. One is that of the former Arsenal and Estonian international goalkeeper Mart Poom (81). The other is that of Scottish Central Midfielder Gareth Williams (79). No clubs are interested in either player at the mment but Zola is hoping for bids in the short term future. Zola's first game in charge will be against fellow forum member Romano Valiente and his young and talented Swansea side who sit 11th in Division 2. Zola was looking forward to this match and wishes Romano the best of luck for the upcoming match. PS: If anyone is willing to loan out an LB or an LM between 80-90, i'd be very greatful.
  6. Eidur-Zola


    Hey everyone, I'm Rhys aka Eidur-Zola. I've been playing SoccerManager on and off throughout the last couple of months. I stumbled across these forums through the main website and it seems like this is a great community and one I want to be part of . Hope to talk you all soon. Eidur-Zola
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